August 15, 2013 | Vol. 117 -- No. 17

Eagles respond well as two-a-day's begin

Eastern Washington head football coach Beau Baldwin had a smile on his face through much of the second half of this past Monday’s practice.

Of course it is football season and that in itself generally makes Baldwin happy.

However, Monday was the first of a series of two-a-day practices that will take place each of the next two weeks at least as he and his coaches prepare the Eagles for their season opening game, Saturday, Aug. 31 at Pac-12 Oregon State in Corvallis.

“We had a few mental lapses in the morning coming off a Sunday day off,” Baldwin said Monday at the conclusion of the second session where music blared across the Sports and Recreation grass fields.

“Coming back and trying to get back into it and we’re playing the music loud and it’s tough to communicate,” Baldwin said.

But that was by design. He wanted the environment to feel a little chaotic early in camp. “As we keep going through that and we keep getting closer to games, the games on the road don’t feel chaotic.”

“I thought from an attitude standpoint the guys came out with the right attitude and mentality right from the get-go this morning and responded with some solid effort this afternoon,” Baldwin said.

“The key will be do we keep responding through the week?” he added.

The twice-daily practice schedule will generally take place Monday, Wednesday and Fridays at 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday drills start at 9 a.m.

The recent addition of pads and the second session of practice have, so far at least, been uneventful, according to head trainer Brian Norton who said he’s just had to deal with minor issues.

Paul Delaney can be reached at pdelaney@cheneyfreepress.com.

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